By Robert Haugh
Since Indicted Santa Clara City Councilmember Anthony Becker was charged with leaking (a misdemeanor) a Grand Jury Report and lying (a felony) about it, numerous Santa Clarans have asked him to resign at Council meetings.
Becker remained uncharacteristically silent during the calls for him to step down.
But at the very end of last Tuesday’s Council meeting, Becker couldn’t help himself.
During the time that Councilmembers report about their community meetings, Becker felt he had to say something about his own situation.
“In the last few meetings we’ve had, there’s been numerous comments of – demanding my resignation from the city council,” said Becker.
“The one thing I’m going to say – and I’m going to say very clearly is – in America there is a thing called due process and I have no plans of stepping down.”
You can watch his brief statement here.
Many local Mission City residents, including those who know Becker, think he is staying on the Council because he needs the money and he wants to help the 49ers with upcoming votes.
Early in the Council meeting, Councilmember Kevin Park indirectly supported Becker.
Park was arguing against establishing an Ethics Commission when he said:
“I think that the minute, the minute that anyone, including the District Attorney, suggests that we should consider somebody guilty before there’s a trial date – that very minute, that very second, we need a new District Attorney.”
Park did not say what he thinks District Attorney Jeff Rosen did wrong by charging Becker.
You can watch Park’s brief statement here.
Park and the 49er Five rejected the creation of an Ethics Commission by a 5-2 vote.
More on that story coming soon.